Elder is still not known to the people of Latvia, although lots of us have seen it if not in the garden, then at least in pictures. Interest in elderberry is growing not only among gardeners, but also among lovers of healthy products, because it is one of the world’s best-known medicinal plants. It should be noted here that there are two species of elderberry in Latvia – red elderberry, which is poisonous and has a more decorative meaning, as well as black elderberry, which can be grown both as medicinal plant and as fruit tree. It blooms from May to July, but the fruits are ready in August, September. Black elderberry rarely can be found in the wild, more often it is grown in greenery.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has an almost twice as high anthocyanin content as any other berry. Anthocyanins are plant dyes, the most powerful antioxidants found in nature – substances that work to protect cells from possible damage caused by free radicals, as well as stimulate the body’s immune system.
Elderberries also contain ascorbic acid, carotene, rutin, alkaloids – sambucine, tannins, organic acids, essential oils, etc. In countries where elderberry cultivation is traditional, these berries are used to make wine, soft drinks, jams, etc.
Although we do not know elder as well as buckwheat, chamomile or mountain ash, it also has its own place in Latvia. Our elder may not be as productive as in other countries, but there are enthusiasts who grow it.
Latvian pharmaceutical company Lotos Pharma offers consumers black elderberry balm Imunosil Sambucus. The balm contains concentrated black elderberry juice, which helps to ensure the normal functioning of the immune system and supports the body’s protective abilities.
Imunosil Sambucus is the food supplement. The food supplement is not a substitute for healthy and balanced diet.
Please find additional information about the product in the Food Supplements Register of the Food and Veterinary Service here.